Potrate (Potassium Citrate)
What is Potrate (Potassium Citrate) used for?
Potrate (Potassium Citrate) is an oral medication commonly prescribed to treat patients suffering from renal tubular acidosis. This is a condition in which severe kidney failure leads to increased acidity and calcification of the kidneys. The medication contains potassium that is effective for eliminating uric acid buildup caused by this condition to prevent kidney stones, gout, and calcification. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Potrate (Potassium Citrate)?
Strictly follow your physician's instructions while using Potrate (Potassium Citrate) to ensure the safest and most effective results. The correct dosage and frequency of administration will be based on your age, weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. It is commonly prescribed along with a special low-sodium diet to reduce the amount of work required by the kidneys. The tablets should be swallowed with a full glass of water and a meal to prevent nausea. Do not split, chew, or crush the medication prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Potrate (Potassium Citrate)?
Side effects that may occur while using Potrate (Potassium Citrate) include:
More serious side effects that may require medical attention are irregular heartbeat, leg pain, muscle weakness, confusion, anxiety, tingling or numbness, intense stomach pain, vomiting, coughing up blood or a substance resembling coffee grounds, darkened urine, or discolored stools. Inform your physician immediately if you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen to prevent further problems including lower doses or reduced frequency of application.
Do not use Potrate (Potassium Citrate) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you have Addison's disease, a urinary tract infection, dehydration, peptic ulcer, high potassium levels, or if you are taking diuretic medications. Also disclose if you have diabetes, intestinal blockage, congestive heart failure, history of heart attack, chronic diarrhea, or kidney disease as these conditions may cause complications during treatment requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Potrate (Potassium Citrate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.